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Revealed! The Most Affectionate Cat Breeds

For those looking for a cuddle-buddy.

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Cats get a bad rap when it comes to being affectionate pets. Of course, there are certain breeds known to be aloof that show little interest in humans. But plenty of kitties also thrive on social interaction and crave attention just like their canine counterparts.

Finding the right feline for your lifestyle takes a bit of research. Consider your home environment, your work schedule, if there are other pets in the house, and what breed will adapt best to a large, noisy family — or a quiet, single life with one owner.

Many women look for affectionate pets with people-pleasing personas. After you find the perfect feline friend and develop a strong bond, chances are you'll be in tune with one another's moods. Your cat will sense when you've had a rough day and curl up on your lap for some much-needed comfort. But it's a give-and-take. There will be days when your kitty will expect extra attention from you and become quite vocal about his needs. Either way, it's a win-win situation if you have a nurturing heart and seek a devoted companion to share your home with.

Here are some of the most affectionate cat breeds that will give you all the love and loyalty you'll ever need in a feline friend:

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1. Siamese

Size: 6-14 pounds

Life Expectancy: 8-12 years

One of the most sociable (and vocal) cats, the regal Siamese will be by your side every step of the way, even when you need to use the restroom! They have high social needs and are very chatty when they want something. Once the meowing starts, you're expected to stop what you're doing and pay attention to them. Fortunately, they get along well with other cats in the house and will keep you entertained for hours with their playful antics.

2. Scottish Fold

Size: 5-11 pounds

Life Expectancy: 11-14 years

These adorable, affectionate cats have "folded" ears on top of their round heads, giving them the appearance of an owl. They enjoy being around the family but sit quietly and wait to be noticed. Scottish Folds get lonely and need an owner who is not away for long hours. They are best suited for women who work remotely from home, so if you have a demanding job with long hours at the office or travel frequently, this is not the breed for you.

3. Ragdoll

Size: 10-20 pounds

Life Expectancy: 13-18 years

Ragdolls are larger than average domesticated cats and have a fairly long life expectancy — some living more than 20 years. If you're looking for a low-maintenance, mellow breed, this is the ideal kitty for single women and those living with family. These furry felines enjoy being held and, true to their name, will relax in your arms like a ragdoll, making them the perfect pet for someone who loves holding cats while relaxing on the couch.

4. Maine Coon

Size: 9-17 pounds

Life Expectancy: 9-15 years

Another large, friendly cat with an equally large personality, the Maine Coon is not overly demanding of attention but will zero in on one person to bestow his affection upon. They are highly intelligent, obedient felines that are easy to train and will respond when called. Much of their popularity is due to their sweet, gentle disposition, goofiness and love of family. They also get along with other cats and dogs, making them an excellent choice if additional pets are in the house. Maine Coons adapt well to any environment if you give them the affection they crave.

5. Persian

Size: 7-12 pounds

Life Expectancy: 10-17 years

One of the most popular cat breeds in the U.S., these fluffy felines have loving, calm personalities, perfect for a woman who lives a quiet, single life. Although super affectionate, these kitties like to lounge around the house and will not demand attention 24/7 like other cat breeds. Persians are a bit standoffish when strangers are around. Besides a soft lap to snuggle on, this gentle cat only requires daily brushing of his beautiful, thick fur and many cuddles.

6. Sphynx

Size: 6-12 pounds

Life Expectancy: 9-15 years

Although these bald felines may look intimidating and aloof, the Sphynx is actually an extroverted snuggle bug perfect for people with allergies. Their lack of fur makes them a top, low-allergen breed, but they require weekly baths to keep their skin healthy. These kitties are often cold since they don't have fur to keep them warm, so don't be surprised when they expect to sleep beside you under the covers.

7. Bombay

Size: 6-11 pounds

Life Expectancy: 15-20 years

These sleek, black cats are very people-oriented, which makes them an excellent match for a family. The Bombay thrives on attention and will experience separation anxiety and distress if left alone for too long. For this reason, they are better suited for a family where one person is frequently home to spend time with them. If you're a single woman looking to adopt one of these kitties, the best option would be to have a second cat in the home as a companion for the Bombay.

8. Birman

Size: 6-12 pounds

Life Expectancy: 9-13 years

These laid-back lap cats adapt quickly to busy families — even those with small children. The Birman is an outgoing, eager-to-please kitty who enjoys affection and time spent with humans. They’re animated, love to learn new tricks and play with cat toys as long as they get daily interaction with their owners.

Shelter Cats

Size & Life Expectancy: Varies

I would be remiss if I didn't stress the importance of adopting from a shelter if you're seeking a feline companion. More than 3.4 million cats are surrendered to animal shelters annually in the U.S., which is staggeringly high compared to the 2 million adopted. What makes shelter cats desirable is their need for affection and their ability to adapt to almost any environment. You'll never find a more loving cat than one abandoned and patiently waiting for the perfect home.

What's YOUR favorite cat breed? Let us know in the comments below.

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